Month: December 2015

Want to end 2015 on a good note? Here’s an option with many returns.

December 30, 2015 | Written by
Category: Industry, News

When it comes to funding those that are “doing good” in the world, philanthropy isn’t the only answer. Increasingly, investors are looking to for-profit, socially minded entrepreneurial ventures (including several in Chicago) that have the potential to benefit both sides of the equation: These enterprises create products and services for the good of society, and they can realize a return for investors. read full article

3 Things Every New Company Must Do

December 3, 2015 | Written by
Category: Blog

I am new to the ‘food space,’ but have been around startups for 20+ years now. While I certainly have a lot to learn still about building a business from scratch, one thing that I have seen to be true and it continues to be true for aspiring food companies is that your customers have to LOVE what you are making. I was once told by a mentor that “water runs downhill.” There are certain laws of physics that you just can’t avoid. If you don’t remove the friction (lackluster adoption) and don’t actually create some suction (customer demand for your product), it will be a long slog trying to get water to run uphill (scale your business). Read More